• Friday, October 11, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 10/14/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    Fall Break is finally here and we’ve completed 9 weeks of school!  We hope you take some time to relax over this next week, spend some time with family and friends, and just enjoy some down time as the first few weeks of school can be pretty exhausting. We had another fantastic week here at CMS highlighted by a few events detailed below. As a reminder, upon our return from Fall Break we have 4 weeks remaining in the first trimester.  Fall Break is a great opportunity to catch up on some schoolwork and with the trimester coming to an end on November 11th, please take some time over the break to review your child’s academic progress together and encourage completion of any missing work! 

    Highlights of the Week

    Welcome Back Kiara! On Tuesday, our 8th grade class was fortunate to participate in one of the most heartwarming events I’ve ever witnessed.  As many of you know, Kiara Hinze, an 8th grade student at CMS, has been battling cancer for some time.  Recently, Kiara had to take some time away from school to continue her treatments. 

    In her absence, several staff members approached our PTO with a proposal to fund T-Shirts for our staff supporting Kiara’s battle against cancer. Kiara had previously designed some shirts with the words “Team Kiara” featuring the symbol of a swan she selected.  PTO liked the idea and thought that perhaps it could become something bigger, a show of support from both staff and classmates. Ultimately, our PTO agreed to fund the purchase of the t-shirts for the entire 8th grade class and our staff. 

    We contacted Fashion Streaks to place the order for the shirts and told Andy and Theresa Briant (Fashion Streaks Owners) about the movement.  They immediately offered to donate the shirts, free of charge, for all staff and students, in a show of support for Kiara and her ongoing battle.  When I spoke personally with Theresa she indicated to me that as soon as they learned the story behind the shirts, they were so touched by the idea that they felt compelled to create and provide the shirts free of charge.  We owe Andy, Theresa, and Fashion Streaks tremendous gratitude for their kindness and generosity!

    Last week Kiara’s parents informed us that she would be ready to return to school on Tuesday.  With the shirts in hand and looking for an opportunity to show our love and support for Kiara, we realized quickly that Tuesday morning offered an amazing opportunity to welcome back our brave young hero in a unique and special way. 

    Tuesday morning all 8th grade students received their “Team Kiara” t-shirts.  Then, the entire class lined up along the drop off area, holding “Welcome Back” signs and other messages of love and support.  At 8:00, Kiara arrived and as she exited her car, the entire class cheered her on in an outpouring of love and support.  The event lasted several minutes as students and staff hugged Kiara and let her know how much she’d been missed.  It was a touching and beautiful moment that combined the generosity, kindness, and love of so many people to help make Kiara’s return to school a special and memorable event.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this moment so wonderful. 

    Serve A Thon Gathering: On Thursday, we hosted our Serve A Thon Gathering.  This assembly is a fantastic way to bring the 1200+ hours of service performed during the CMS Serve A Thon full circle by allowing our students to see the positive impact their work has had in our community and beyond.  The assembly featured a number of our community partners who described how our school’s contributions to their organizations have helped people and animals in need.  We had representatives from several organizations show up for the event and each representative provided a 2 minute overview of their program and the positive impact our service contributions had on their identified population.  Our leadership students did an incredible job presenting the work accomplished during the SAT and student behavior during the event was outstanding! If you didn’t hear about this event from your student, please take some time to talk to them about it and continue to encourage community service opportunities for our youth.  Finally, thank you once again for your support of this year’s Serve A Thon!

    The Week Ahead

    The week ahead is a week off!  Our offices will be closed until Monday, October 21st at 7:30 AM. 

    October 21 – 25

    Wednesday, October 23: Picture Retake Day: If you missed picture day or were unhappy with your school photos, please plan for picture retakes on Wednesday!  Pictures will be taken in the PE classroom. 

    Friday, October 25: Halloween Dance: On Friday, October 25, CMS will host our annual Halloween Dance.  This event takes place in the CMS Gym from 6-8 PM.  Admission to the dance is free, but, as always, the event is for CMS students ONLY! Costumes are encouraged and part of the night’s entertainment is a costume contest with prizes featuring several different categories.  Students should bring along extra money (small bills preferred) for food, treats, drinks, and other contests or activities.  We’ll provide more details the week of October 21st, but get ready for an exciting night!

    Community Events and Announcements

    Winter Sports Registration – Basketball Season: Winter SportsNet Registration is now open for all interested athletes who plan to try out for basketball. Tryouts will be held November 18th through the 21st, and you must be registered on SportsNet in order to tryout. Registration will close November 8, 2019 

    Zombies are Coming to Pebble Beach! We are excited to announce our non-profit 6th Annual Pebble Beach 2K/5K Zombie Race and Emergency Preparedness Fair is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This family friendly event is held at the Pebble Beach Company Corporation Yard (4005 Sunridge Road, Pebble Beach) and on the Pebble Beach Fire Defense Roads. FREE tacos, groovy zombie DJ, race bags loaded with goodies, tons of prizes, and kids run FREE! The event is sponsored by 20+ public service agencies, including six local fire departments and two law enforcement agencies. The 6th annual Pebble Beach Zombie Run and Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, October 26th, needs zombies! Volunteers would dress as zombies and be on the course in full Zombie mode. Goodie bags, tee shirts, and a taco-truck lunch are included, as is, of course, community service hours. Register online to volunteer at:

    http://tinyurl.com/ZombieRunVolunteer

     

    CALLING ALL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Design an Ad Competition: AIM wants

    YOU to join our movement by designing an Ad for AIM to raise awareness for youth mental health.

    Imagine you are hired by AIM to design an Ad that could be used in magazines or any other media to

    represent AIM’s movement to promote youth mental health awareness. For more info follow this link:

    https://aimformentalhealth.org/ad-contest/.  Prizes offered for winners!

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: OCTOBER 21, 2019 – 5:00 PM

    Calendar

    OCTOBER
    14. - 18. October Break
    22. Team Photos (Soccer, Volleyball) CMS Gym, 3:00 - 4:30
    23. Picture Retake Day
    24. Fall Choir Concert, CHS Performing Arts Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m
    25. Halloween Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    29. - 31. Red Ribbon Week

    NOVEMBER
    1. Minimum Day- school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    8. Red Ribbon Elementary Tour
    11. Veteran’s Day / School closed
    12 - 15 Kindness Week
    15. End of 1st Trimester
    15. Drama Presents - Fall Play
    26. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
    27 - 29. Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    4. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    6.. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    9 - 18 Canned Food Drive
    10. Winter Concert, CMS Gym, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    10 -12. Chinese Finals
    16 - 18. Spanish Finals
    18. Cougar Cub Concert, CMS Gym, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. BAC Activity (5th period)
    23 - Jan. 3 Winter Break - School closed

    JANUARY
    6. No School -Staff Development Day
    10. Not in Our School Day
    16 - 18. CCS Honor Band and Orchestra Event
    20. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - School closed
    21 - 31. Nepal Fundraiser
    23 -25. CCS Honor Choir Festival
    31. Winter Dance, CMS Gym

    FEBRUARY
    5. CJSF Induction Ceremony, Library, 7:00 p.m.
    17 - 21. February Break / school closed
    20 - 23. All State Honor Band and Orchestra - CASMEC
    28. Cycle Change
    28. End of 2nd Trimester

     

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  • Friday, October 4, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 10/5/2019 6:00:00 AM

    Happy Friday CMS Families,

    This week was at CMS was fairly quiet and we’re finally settling into the regular routines of school as we’ve now completed every major fall activity CMS offers.  We are now one week away from Fall Break and we’re beginning to close in on the end of the first trimester (November 15th – 5 school weeks away).  Next week we will be hosting our Fall Conferences (more on that below) and we encourage you to begin close monitoring of your student’s academic progress as we move closer to the end of Trimester 1.  With Fall Break only a week away, it’s a great time to take a look at Aeries with your students, and, if you notice any missing assignments exist, check in with teachers to see what can get done during prior to or during the break.

    Highlights of the Week

    6th Grade Girls Volleyball Hosts Inaugural Game Outdoors: On Monday, we hosted our first ever, official 6th grade girls volleyball game.  For several years CMS has been fortunate to support a developmental team under the guidance and direction of longtime coach David Crabbe.  With interest in volleyball at an all-time high, our Athletic Director, Leigh White was able to build an official 6th grade girls team with support from our district office.  On Monday, this team played their first game. What made this inaugural event unique was that it took place on our outdoor volleyball court!  A few years ago when our PTO purchased the outdoor volleyball equipment we never imagined it would be used for an official game, but on Monday, that’s exactly what happened.  Our 6th grade girls played against Pacific Grove with a large crowd on hand in a game played beneath the beautiful Autumn sunlight.  There was a magical feel to the game for both the home and visiting teams and at the end of the match there were lots of smiling faces on both sides.  Appreciation goes out to our AD, Leigh White, our 6th Grade Head Coach, Jessie Krislyn, and all our players and their families for making this event so much fun!

    Young Environmental Advocates Organize Event: On Thursday we had a special presentation at our weekly gathering created by two young environmental advocates.  Rainn Nachbar and Montana Tiffany combined their passion for endangered animals and environmental awareness into a presentation on the impact of our carbon footprints.  You probably noticed a small group of students during pick up today, displaying messages promoting environmental awareness and tips for carbon footprint reduction.  Their message: Even small individual acts and efforts can make a positive difference!  Thanks to Rainn and Montana for organizing this event and thanks to the additional students who joined the cause on Thursday and Friday!  Well done!

    Cyclebar Hosts CMS Students! Several of our students were given a special treat by the Cyclebar at Carmel Rancho Shopping Center today.  As part of a lesson on goal setting and growth mindset, the classes were fortunate to be able to take a field trip to Cyclebar. The Cyclebar was gracious to provide the classes with a free complimentary ride, water bottle with each student’s name and treats after the class!  Additionally, they provided 9 staff members to help students clip into the pedals and assist them during the ride as needed. The students and chaperones had an absolute blast and are so grateful to Cyclebar for this amazing experience.  Thank you Cyclebar for treating CMS students to a great experience!

    The Week Ahead

    We have a busy week ahead so this section of the letter is important!

    Schedule for the Week

    On Tuesday and Wednesday, CMS will be on a minimum day schedule and students are released from school at 12:00.  During these two days we will be on a block schedule.  Tuesday, students will attend periods 1,3,5, and 7.  Wednesday, students will attend periods 2,4,5, and 6.  Buses run at 12:15 and students should be off campus no later than 12:30. 

    Monday, Thursday, and Friday all follow our traditional bell schedule (with Thursday’s release remaining at 2:10)

    Tuesday and Wednesday Conferences: On Tuesday, October 8th, and Wednesday, October 9th, CMS is on a minimum day schedule to allow time for parent/teacher conferences.  School ends at 12:00 noon with buses departing at 12:15 p.m.  The Library will be closed on these days, so if your student regularly uses the library after school, please make sure to make alternate arrangements for them.  

    There are two types of conferences scheduled during this week.

    First, for parents of students who are struggling academically, the counseling department will be scheduling group parent/teacher conferences on the afternoons of October 8 and 9 from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.  These group conferences will focus on developing a plan to help the student get back on track with his/her studies.  Each teacher will be present to share successes and challenges they are having with the student, as well as ways for the student to improve his/her performance.  It is most productive if both the parent(s) and the student attend the conference.  These conferences are scheduled by invitation only and the counseling office has already contacted families to arrange these conferences.

    If you were not contacted regarding a conference, but still want to meet with one or more of your child’s teachers please continue reading!

    Bell Schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday

    Tuesday, October 8th                                             Wednesday, October 9th

    Period 1                    7:45 – 8:50                           Period 2                    7:45 – 8:50

    Period 3                    8:55 – 10:00                        Period 4                    8:55 – 10:00

    Break                         10:00 – 10:10                      Break                         10:00 – 10:10

    Period 5                    10:15 – 10:50                      Period 5                    10:15 – 10:50

    Period 7                    10:55 – 12:00                      Period 6                    10:55 – 12:00

     

    Thursday Night – Conference Night: On Thursday, October 10,  from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m., we will hold a Parent/Teacher Conference evening in the gymnasium.  Teachers will be set up around the gym or in nearby rooms to afford parents the opportunity to meet briefly with teachers to discuss their student’s progress.  This evening is for parents of students who are generally doing well in school, but who would like to meet with one or more of their child’s teachers.  There is no requirement that a parent attend this event; it is simply an opportunity to meet the teacher.  The conferences with each teacher should last less than 5 minutes.  There is no “schedule” for these conferences, you simply come and drop in with the teachers you would like to meet. 

    Our goal with offering these two types of conferencing opportunities is to spend the most time with parents of students who are struggling and need additional support while offering an opportunity for any parent to have access to the teachers to discuss their child’s progress.  Finally, please know that anytime you feel you want to meet with any teacher, simply email or call them directly to set up a conference at a time that will work for you both.  Your child's counselor is another great resource to discuss any issues that may arise during the year.  If need be, they are able to schedule group teacher conferences throughout the year.

    If you have any additional questions about your child’s academic progress please contact their teachers directly.

    Thursday: Serve A Thon Gathering

    On Thursday, we’ll be running a slightly altered schedule in order to extend our weekly Gathering time by a few minutes in honor of our Serve A Thon.  This Thursday, we’ll be presenting our students with a Serve A Thon recap, highlighting all the positive accomplishments the SAT allowed us to complete as a school.  Many of the service organizations we partner with for this event will be in attendance and we feel that this is a great way to reinforce the concept of service with our students.  This Gathering is a special event and we’re looking forward to sharing the good will of our fundraiser with the charitable organizations that help make this program an annual reality. 

    Community Events and Announcements

    Winter Sports Registration – Basketball Season: Winter SportsNet Registration is now open for all interested athletes who plan to try out for basketball. Tryouts will be held November 18th through the 21st, and you must be registered on SportsNet in order to tryout. Registration will close November 8, 2019 

    Zombies are Coming to Pebble Beach! We are excited to announce our non-profit 6th Annual Pebble Beach 2K/5K Zombie Race and Emergency Preparedness Fair is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This family friendly event is held at the Pebble Beach Company Corporation Yard (4005 Sunridge Road, Pebble Beach) and on the Pebble Beach Fire Defense Roads. FREE tacos, groovy zombie DJ, race bags loaded with goodies, tons of prizes, and kids run FREE! The event is sponsored by 20+ public service agencies, including six local fire departments and two law enforcement agencies. The 6th annual Pebble Beach Zombie Run and Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, October 26th, needs zombies! Volunteers would dress as zombies and be on the course in full Zombie mode. Goodie bags, tee shirts, and a taco-truck lunch are included, as is, of course, community service hours. Register online to volunteer at:

    http://tinyurl.com/ZombieRunVolunteer

     

    CALLING ALL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Design an Ad Competition: AIM wants YOU to join our movement by designing an Ad for AIM to raise awareness for youth mental health. Imagine you are hired by AIM to design an Ad that could be used in magazines or any other media to represent AIM’s movement to promote youth mental health awareness. For more info follow this link:

    https://aimformentalhealth.org/ad-contest/.  Prizes offered for winners!

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: OCTOBER 21, 2019 – 5:00 PM

    Calendar

    OCTOBER
    7. Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8. CMS: Fall Conferences and Minimum Day, school dismissed at 12:00
    10. Conference Night 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    11. Serve A Thon Student Rewards Day
    14. - 18. October Break
    22. Team Photos (Soccer, Volleyball) CMS Gym, 3:00 - 4:30
    23. Picture Retake Day
    24. Fall Choir Concert, CHS Performing Arts Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m
    25. Halloween Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    29. - 31. Red Ribbon Week

    NOVEMBER
    1. Minimum Day - school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    8. Red Ribbon Elementary Tour
    11. Veteran’s Day / School closed
    12 - 15 Kindness Week
    15. End of 1st Trimester
    15. Drama Presents - Fall Play
    26. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
    27 - 29. Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    4. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    6.. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    9 - 18 Canned Food Drive
    10. Winter Concert, CMS Gym, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    10 -12. Chinese Finals
    16 - 18. Spanish Finals
    18. Cougar Cub Concert, CMS Gym, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. BAC Activity (5th period)
    23 - Jan. 3 Winter Break - School closed

    JANUARY
    6. No School -Staff Development Day
    10. Not in Our School Day
    16 - 18. CCS Honor Band and Orchestra Event
    20. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - School closed
    21 - 31. Nepal Fundraiser
    23 -25. CCS Honor Choir Festival
    31. Winter Dance, CMS Gym

    FEBRUARY
    5. CJSF Induction Ceremony, Library, 7:00 p.m.
    17 - 21. February Break / school closed
    20 - 23. All State Honor Band and Orchestra - CASMEC
    28. Cycle Change
    28. End of 2nd Trimester

     

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  • Friday, September 27,2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/28/2019 6:00:00 AM

    Happy Friday CMS Families,

    Another great week has come and gone here at CMS and we’ve almost wrapped up all the major events we host to kick off the school year.  A quick recap.  Through the first 8 weeks of school we’ve hosted The Back to School BBQ, the 6th Grade BAC, 7th Grade MBOE, 8th Grade Lava Beds, The PTO Serve A Thon, the Back to School Dance, our first Spirit Week, and the 8th Grade Hamilton field trip!  Coming up we’ll host Fall Conferences and Conference Night (10.8 – 10.10) and then we’ll all roll into a much needed, well deserved, Fall Break.  The year is flying by and we hope your child is enjoying their middle school experience here at CMS!

    Highlights of the Week

    Hamilton: On Wednesday, our 8th grade students participated in an amazing opportunity to travel to the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco to see the production Hamilton courtesy of the Dan and Lillian King Foundation.  Students and chaperones alike LOVED the performance and we feel extremely blessed to have been able to participate in this event. 

    We have many people to thank for making this event possible.  First, we are astounded by the generosity of the Dan and Lillian King Foundation.  This group literally paid for everything… tickets, buses, lunches, substitute teachers… truly unbelievable (and keep in mind, they are doing this for every 8th grade student in Monterey County!).  Words cannot express our collective gratitude!

    Organizing this event was also a tremendous undertaking and leading the way was the exceptional work done by Laura Cardinalli, Robin Montana, and Jen Kasper.  Laura and Jen handled trip logistics while Robin managed the 400+ meals provided to all attendees.  To say that these folks have gone above and beyond to make this trip successful is an absolute understatement given the time and energy they put into this event.  We are truly fortunate to work with so many people willing to go the extra mile for our students!  Thank you for all the time and energy you put into making sure this event could take place for our students!

    Finally, we owe our local Crossroads Safeway and Manager, Joe Miguel, another debt of gratitude.  Joe allowed us to drop off our school coolers in advance of the event and had his staff individually package each of the 400+ sandwiches needed.  When we arrived at 7:00 AM Wednesday morning, Joe’s staff was ready to go, having already loaded sandwiches, granola bars, chips and cookies into boxes for us.  In addition, he had staff on hand helping us load everything into our cars and he even came over to CMS to help us unload and organize our assembly lines in the Cafeteria.  We continue to be grateful for Joe’s support of many student events and the services his store provides help to make these opportunities a reality for our kids.  Thanks Joe!

    Monterey Jazz Festival: On Thursday, our music program spent part of the day at the Monterey Fairgrounds enjoying a lunchtime concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival.  Students really enjoyed this event and it’s a great opportunity for our kids to see how their love and passion for music can become something exceptional through hard work and dedication.  Thanks goes out to Tom Lehmkuhl and Sarah Prusasky for continuing the great tradition of CMS attendance at this event and for their continued guidance and dedication to our music programs!

    Start with Hello Week: This week CMS participated in national movement sponsored and promoted by Sandy Hook Promise called “Start with Hello Week”.  The program focuses on the idea that a even a small act of kindness, like saying “hello” to someone can make a difference in their day and their life.  Additionally, the program moves beyond hello, encouraging students to notice those who are alone and reach out to them in the spirit of inclusion.  We hope you noticed this program in action on Thursday as our leadership students were asked to arrive early to greet every bus, car, and student with a smile and a “hello” or “good morning”.  I loved the event and the smiles and waves I saw throughout the morning were contagious! I know that many families and students also appreciated the gesture of kindness extended by our leadership students as I had many people comment how nice it made the school drop-off experience.  Kudos to Mrs. Wells and the leadership class for making this event a success and by working hard this week to help make CMS a more welcoming, inclusive campus!

    Serve A Thon Wrap: With the last few late donations coming in this past week we’re finally ready to declare the 2019-20 Serve A Thon complete!  This year we were blessed to receive around $70,000 in financial support from students, families, and those who financially supported our fundraising efforts.  We feel blessed and excited to continue using these funds to enhance the student experience at CMS.  Thank you for your incredible generosity and support!

    As previously mentioned, there are SO many people who help make the annual Serve A Thon successful and we owe them all a tremendous collective “THANK YOU!”

    First, thanks goes out to our PTO Board for pulling off yet another successful Serve A Thon!  Eva Gudbergsdottir, Alicia Tao, Angie Sullivan, and Lovina Worick all put tremendous time and energy into ensuring the success of this event.  We also owe gratitude to Amy Williams Melton for her work recruiting volunteers and lining up services for this event.  In addition, we’d like to thank Amy and Pia Garneau, for their behind the scenes management of all the date used to assign students to tasks, record donations, set prize lists, and remain in constant communication with us to pull off this event. 

    Finally, we’d like to thank all the parent volunteers who showed up to help on our day of service.  Volunteers include Mark Angel, Calandra Fernandez, Jodi Price, Jennifer Leighton, Emily Frew, Veronica Foley, Amy Wang, Genevieve Weaver, Sarah Norbraten, Jenny Balas, Cerry Rasmussen, Trish Albiol, Jordan Champagne, Jane Prescott, Rob Price, Jennifer Rutherford, May Nagafuji, Susan Yang, Alexia Galakatos, Anthony Herro, Lisa Macaluso, Terri Posadas, Valerie Martinez, Julie Selby-Lara, Megan Escher, Dolly Lander, Stacey Profeta, Julia Scattini, Chris Hudzik, Deanne Glaser, Anel Bishop, and Francis Haws. 

    Thank you all for your time, energy and dedication!  The Serve A Thon would not exist without your support!

    I’d also like to thank our counting and accounting crew including our PTO Board along with support from Kristen Hunter and Holly Temple. 

    I’d like to thank all the parents who showed up on SAT day in the morning to help us distribute donuts to all our students.  Parent volunteers include Robin Casey, Stacey Profeta, Lesley Varney, Amy Wang, Linda Lee, Sara Hinds, Pia Garneau, Kim Gill, Megan Escher, and Alexia Galakatos.  Thank you for your work and bravery!

    Finally, I’d like to extend gratitude to Liz Wells and her leadership class for their efforts in support of the Serve A Thon.  Leadership created promotional posters and messaging throughout campus and our leadership students showed up early on collection day to run collection stations in the morning before school.  Thank you leadership for your support!

    We’ll be celebrating the success of our community service during our weekly Gathering on Thursday, October 10th, but a few quick items worth noting here. 

    Trish Albiol reported that she received a wonderful number of donations supporting folks who are serving oversees.  Thank you for your support of Operation: Care and Kindness!

    Anthony Herro was able to deliver over 200 sack lunches to Dorothy’s Kitchen in Salinas!  Thank you Anthony!

    Rise Against Hunger met their goal of 10,000 meals packaged in one afternoon.  These meals will be sent to those in need in an underprivileged area of the world where one meal a day is often all a person receives.  We continue to be proud of our established relationship with this organization and good work being done through Rise Against Hunger!

    We’ll continue to keep you posted throughout the year on how Serve A Thon funds are used to support the student experience here at CMS so look for the section entitled Serve A Thon Spending incorporated frequently in Friday communications. 

    If you’d like to have a voice in how SAT funds are used at CMS, please attend our PTO meetings!  Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and our next PTO meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 8:30 in room S2 on the CMS campus.  Please sign in with our office and get a visitor’s pass if you plan to attend. 

    The Week Ahead

    With all that we have had going on it feels a bit strange to say this, but next week is relatively quiet.  We have a couple Serve A Thon prize events scheduled, the previously mentioned PTO meeting on Wednesday morning, and a presentation on sexual harassment scheduled for our 7th and 8th grade classes taking place on Monday.  Overall, a quiet week at CMS!

    7th and 8th Grade Sexual Harassment Education and Prevention Presentation: On Monday, September 30, the CMS administration and counseling teams will be going in to each 7th and 8th grade ELA class to provide some important education around sexual harassment.  As the content is being delivered to 7th and 8th grade students we have created a presentation that is age/grade level appropriate while detailing important information such as the definition of sexual harassment, age/grade appropriate examples of inappropriate behavior, a section on consent (with examples such as “Can I kiss you?” or “Are you comfortable with this?”), and a section on reporting options if a student experiences sexual harassment from another student or an adult.  Moving forward, all 7th an 8th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in this training each year.  We hope that this program will help our young students develop an understanding for appropriate interactions with their peers. In addition, a goal of this program is to help students recognize behaviors that cross boundaries and provide them with the capacity to seek help through appropriate channels as needed.   

    Control + Click to access the presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XG6IRjUzjtsEzkmR-8g62hGD_bOUDTBFPmIK-pVpUxU/edit?usp=sharing

    Announcements and Community Events

    Carmel High School’s This Club Saves Lives will be hosting a Thirst Gala at MEarth on Friday, September 27th at 6:00 PM.  Tickets for this event are available at www.thisclubsaveslives.org and cost $25 for adults and $10 for kids.  Ticket prices include dinner and entertainment brought to you by the Carmel High School Singer/Songwriters Guild and all proceeds will go to benefit impoverished communities in which even basics such as clean drinking water are hard to come by.  Come on out and enjoy a wonderful evening while supporting a fantastic cause and a great group of passionate CHS students!

    Basketball Tryouts: Sportsnet  Registration is now open for all interested athletes that would like to try out for basketball!  You must be registered on Sportsnet in order to try out and play.  Basketball tryouts are November 18th - 21st.  To register, please follow this link:  https://sportsnethost.com/carmelms-parent or visit our homepage. 

     

    ATTENTION ALL BUS RIDERS!  If you haven't purchased your 2019-2020 bus pass yet now is the time.  Beginning Monday, September 30th you will need a pass or one-way ticket to ride.  One-way tickets are on sale at the school office, bus passes must be purchased on-line Click Here to Purchase a Bus Pass.  

     

    Once payment is made your child will need to bring their 2019-2020 ID Card to Ms. Elaine in the school office to receive their bus pass sticker.

     

    Calendar

    SEPTEMBER
    30. Serve A Thon Jamba Juice

    OCTOBER
    3. Serve A Thon Taco Lunch
    7. Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8. CMS: Fall Conferences and Minimum Day, school dismissed at 12:00
    10. Conference Night 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    11. Serve A Thon Student Rewards Day
    14. - 18. October Break
    22. Team Photos (Soccer, Volleyball) CMS Gym, 3:00 - 4:30
    23. Picture Retake Day
    24. Fall Choir Concert, CHS Performing Arts Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m
    25. Halloween Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    28. - 31. Red Ribbon Week

    NOVEMBER
    1. Minimum Day- school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    11. Veteran’s Day / School closed
    12 - 15 Kindness Week
    15. End of 1st Trimester
    15. Drama Presents - Fall Play
    26. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
    27 - 29. Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    4. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    6.. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    9 - 18 Canned Food Drive
    10. Winter Concert, CMS Gym, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    10 -12. Chinese Finals
    16 - 18. Spanish Finals
    18. Cougar Cub Concert, CMS Gym , 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. BAC Activity (5th period)
    23 - Jan. 3 Winter Break - School closed

    JANUARY
    6. No School -Staff Development Day
    10. Not in Our School Day
    16 - 18. CCS Honor Band and Orchestra Event
    20. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - School closed
    21 - 31. Nepal Fundraiser
    23 -25. CCS Honor Choir Festival
    31. Winter Dance, CMS Gym


     
     
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  • Friday, September 20, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/20/2019

    9.20.19

    Highlight of the Week:

    We’ve had another fantastic week at CMS highlighted by our 7th grade MBOE program.  A rainstorm pushed through our area on Monday but our students, teachers, and amazing parent chaperones persevered and made it work!  Huge thanks goes out to everyone for making these trips successful. 

    During the three day event students visited 3 locations; Hastings Reserve, Palo Corona Regional Park, and Carmel Beach.   On each trip students learn about the local environment, science, and history, while mixing in a bit of outdoor exercise.    Each trip consists of a series of rotations and learning experiences at the point of interest where students get some direct instruction from professionals working in the field. 

    We hope that your student enjoyed the three-day experience and that they found the opportunity to venture out of the classroom both fun and educational. 

    It takes a number of dedicated people to pull off an event like MBOE and we’d like to extend our gratitude to several people.  First, Darrell Steely spends many hours planning MBOE for everyone.  His work includes forging relationships with community partners which this year included Hastings Research Reserve, Palo Corona Regional Park, LIMPETS (sand crab study) and MEARTH.  In addition to Darrell’s hard work, Cathleen Rice works tirelessly behind the scenes establishing groups, hammering out transportation details, collecting and filing permission slips, and ensuring that the details of each trip are well organized.  I’d also like to thank all of our staff members who volunteer to go out with our students throughout the week, leading groups, teaching lessons, and making this trip come to life!  Finally, we have many volunteer chaperones who helped make this event possible.  Extra appreciation to the chaperones who braved the rain on Monday to help make that day successful, additionally, many of these folks volunteered for all three days! Thanks goes out to Michelle Johnston, Santa Bernahl, Jennifer Wernsing, Jennifer Dimitrov, Al Brown, Michael Brown, Valerie Martinez, Lara Long, Randal Frederick, Pia Garneau, Ola Rocha, Jill Martin, Genevieve Weaver, Kerry Goldberg, Joe Rice, Kimberly Evans, Chuck Pugh, and Robin Mayer.  If we missed anyone, please accept our apologies and know that your help was invaluable to this program!

    6th Grade Guidance Curriculum: Cyberbullying Prevention - On Tuesday September 17, 2019 our counselors delivered a guidance curriculum to all 6th graders during their science class.  The topic of the curriculum was cyberbullying prevention and focused on how to deescalate "digital drama" before it rises to the point of cyber bullying.  Students learned ways to deescalate situations that they may come across while using social media and digital devices.  Please review the links below from Common Sense Media to further the discussion with your child.  

    https://www.commonsense.org/education/family-tips/k-12-cyberbullying-digital-drama-and-hate-speech 

    https://www.commonsense.org/education/toolkit/audience/family-engagement-cyberbullying

    The Week Ahead

    8th Grade Hamilton Field Trip: On Wednesday, 9.25.19, our 8th grade students will be headed up to the city to view the production Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater. This opportunity was made possible through the generosity of the Dan and Lillian King Foundation and they are funding every aspect of this trip from tickets to transportation and lunches!  They’re also sending every 8th grade student in Monterey County to the performance so we owe them lots of gratitude!  We hope that the students enjoy and appreciate the performance!

    Monterey Jazz Festival: On Thursday, students from our music program will have the opportunity to enjoy a lunchtime performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival.  CMS has participated in this event for several years and it’s a great opportunity for our young musicians to see live performances in a fun, local venue.  Kudos to our music department for keeping this opportunity going!

    SAT Pizza Friday – On Friday, students who donated $100 or more to this year’s Serve A Thon will be treated to pizza here on campus courtesy of our PTO.  Students will be notified prior to the event and will be given an identifier (usually a wristband) allowing them to collect their pizza.  Thanks to everyone who participated at the $100 level or beyond and enjoy the food!

    Announcements

    East Coast Trip Meetings Scheduled: There will be a mandatory student meeting Monday @ 11:30 in the CMS library. In addition, there will be a mandatory parent meeting Monday at 6 p.m. in the CMS library.

    Basketball Tryouts: Sportsnet  Registration is now open for all interested athletes that would like to try out for basketball!  You must be registered on Sportsnet in order to try out and play.  Basketball tryouts are November 18th - 21st.  To register, please follow this link:  https://sportsnethost.com/carmelms-parent or visit our homepage. 

    ATTENTION ALL BUS RIDERS!  If you haven't purchased your 2019-2020 bus pass yet now is the time.  Beginning Monday, September 30th you will need a pass or one-way ticket to ride.  One-way tickets are on sale at the school office, bus passes must be purchased on-line Click Here to Purchase a Bus Pass.  

    Once payment is made your child will need to bring their 2019-2020 ID Card to Ms. Elaine in the school office to receive their bus pass sticker.

    Calendar

    SEPTEMBER
    20. 6th Grade Wheel Cycle Change
    26. First Trimester Progress Reports Mailed Home
    26. Monterey Jazz Festival Lunch Concert, Monterey Fairgrounds 10:55 - 12:55 p.m.
    27. Serve A Thon Pizza Lunch
    30. Serve A Thon Jamba Juice

    OCTOBER
    3. Serve A Thon Taco Lunch
    7. Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8. CMS: Fall Conferences and Minimum Day, school dismissed at 12:00
    10. Conference Night 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    11. Serve A Thon Student Rewards Day
    14. - 18. October Break
    23. Picture Retake Day
    24. Fall Choir Concert, CHS Performing Arts Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m
    25. Halloween Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    28. - 31. Red Ribbon Week

    NOVEMBER
    1. Minimum Day- school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    11. Veteran’s Day / School closed
    12 - 15 Kindness Week
    15. End of 1st Trimester
    15. Drama Presents - Fall Play
    26. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
    27 - 29. Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    4. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    6.. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    6. Carmel Tree Lighting Ceremony, Carmel By the Sea
    8. Tree of Life Lighting and Ceremony
    9 - 18 Canned Food Drive
    10. Winter Concert, CMS Gym, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    10 -12. Chinese Finals
    16 - 18. Spanish Finals
    18. Cougar Cub Concert, CMS Gym , 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. BAC Activity (5th period)
    23 - Jan. 3 Winter Break - School closed

     

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